Why Is It Good To Do Laser Hair Removal In Winter?June 10, 2015
If you’ve been thinking about laser hair removal in winter, then we highly recommend it. “One of the biggest risk when it comes to laser hair removal is sun exposure. There is an increased risk of developing pigmentation- whether before or after each treatment,” says Ann-Marie Nolan, who is one of our clinicians at Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia. “Therefore, winter is the best time as sun exposure is at its lowest.”
How does laser hair removal work?
The laser works by targeting hair follicles. The hair cycle consists of three phases and these are:
The hair is then exposed to the pulses of the laser light, when the melanin absorbs the light and heats up the follicles, then destroying it in the process.
According to Ann-Marie, a series of laser sessions at four to eight weeks apart are required to remove the hair. “You lose around 10-30 per cent of hair during each session, and you keep targeting the specific areas until they are all gone.” Depending on the area treated, the laser treatment can take between five to twenty minutes. “A lot of patients who have had the treatment stated it was more comfortable than waxing.”
While you can see a clearance of hair follicles from underarms and legs after six to eight weeks, it usually takes at least a year of regular treatments to get a good result. However, depending on the area treated, some might take longer than others to treat. “Hair on the face is harder to treat for instance, as the body’s constant production of hormones triggers a new growth cycle of facial hair,” explains Ann Marie.
At Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia, we have a laser which are specifically designed for the face, and it is an effective treatment option for permanent hair reduction.
Can laser hair removal be used in any part of the body?
Yes, any part of the body that has dark hair can be treated with laser. “For women, the most popular areas of treatment are the underarm, Brazillians, bikini lines and legs. With men, it’s the back, chest and beard area,” says Ann-Marie. Word of warning though, the most sensitive areas to get treated are the chest, upper lip and the Brazillian area.
Who suits laser hair removal treatment?
It is best if you go in for a free consultation at Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia, so a clinician can thoroughly assess if the treatment will work for you. The laser needs pigment to work, so it will not be as effective on those with blonde or red hair, and wouldn’t work for those with white or grey hair.
“Laser hair removal is a medical procedure, so a full medical history needs to be taken,” explains Dr Garry Cussell, the principal doctor at Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia. “If you’re pregnant, have an active cold sore or are currently taking medications such as Rocaccutane, you shouldn’t be having laser hair removal treatments at all.”
Is there anything else I need to remember before going through with this treatment?
“Make sure the area you’re specifically treating hasn’t been tanned, waxed or plucked at least three weeks prior to your laser session,” explains Ann-Marie. The reason for this is the laser cannot see the difference between fake and real tan, it just sees pigment. Therefore avoid tanning at all cost, so the laser beam can properly destroy the hair follicle, without injuring the skin’s surface in the first place.
If you’re interested in getting a laser hair removal treatment before summer comes along, book in for a complimentary, obligation-free consultation at the Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia on 1300 88 99 35 and see whether you’re suitable for the treatment.